Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.

 Jim's can't wait to read selection is:

The Taken by Vicki Pettersson
 Publisher: Harper Voyager
 Publication Date: 6/12/2012
 Pages: 400

  He’s a fallen angel. She’s a rockabilly reporter. Together they must solve a deadly string of murders plaguing the mortal and the immortal worlds. Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was over fifty years ago when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Now he’s a Centurion, an angel who assists other murdered souls through their journey to the afterlife. But while Shaw might be an angel … he’s no saint. Haunted by the mysterious events surrounding his own death, he seizes a chance to wreak some vengeance when he witnesses a deadly attack on journalist Katherine “Kit” Craig. Joining forces, the unlikely avengers take to the streets, hunting a killer whose trail of bodies stretches across Las Vegas and into an immortal netherworld. It is a dangerous trek that lead them into the darkest corners of Sin City and into the heart of an evil conspiracy extending beyond the lights of the Strip that could destory them both. But destruction isn’t the only threat Griffin faces. The closer he gets to Kit, the more he finds himself bewitched by her mortal charms. Can he resist falling under her spell? And does he want to?

I'm not normally much of an Urban Fantasy reader, but I did read two entries in Vicki Pettersson's Signs of the Zodiac series, which I enjoyed. This combination of old school detective novel with angels has me intrigued.

 SQT's can't wait to read selection is:

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Pages: 576

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

I adored "Fire" (though I still have to read "Graceling") and was really taken with the world Cashore created with this series. I look at "Bitterblue" as a great opportunity to read "Graceling" in anticipation of the next installment!


SQT said...

Okay, I just have to chime in on my own post and say how much I like Jim's pick! "The Taken" is going on my TBR list for sure.

Sarah (saz101) said...

Aw, man! I'm so excited for Bittebrlue you do not even KNOW. I ADORE Graceling and Fire (Graceling is AMAZING. If you liked Fire, you'll love Graceline. Katsa is one of the most kickass heroines ever).

Fab fab fab picks!

Books For All Seasons said...

I haven't heard of The Taken, but it sounds interesting. The cover looks lovely!! I like it! Great choice! Thank you for sharing it!

Books For All Seasons

Tena @ Crazy Book Slut said...

never heard of Taken but I now what to read it... thanks

We Fancy Books said...

havent heard of the first book but i'm definitely adding it on my pile! I haven't read Graceling yet!!!! Great picks!

My WoW picks here

Jay @ We Fancy Books

Blodeuedd said...

I am not sure, I too adored Fire, but hated Graceling

Natasha Parker said...

Oh "BitterBlue" really does sounds like a good book. I haven’t read Graceling or Fire yet, but I will most definitely be adding all 3 to my wishlist :) Great Waiting On Wednesday Choice

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Kat said...

I looooove the cover for The Taken.

Here's my WOW pick.

Wit and Sin

Bob (Beauty in Ruins) said...

Agree - this is a great excuse to finally get around to reading Graceling (it's been sitting on my shelf for about a year now)

Here's my WOW for the week.

thepamjelly said...

The Taken sounds really good! :) I've been seeing Bitterblue around. I still need to read the first two books! :)

Great picks!

Pam | jellylovesbooks

Majanka said...

I can't wait for Bitterblue either. I loved Fire and Graceling!

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Tribute Books Mama said...

Captivating picks, enjoy them.


Goldilox said...

Wow, The Taken looks really good! I don't even know what genre that book would fit into.

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Anna said...

Bitterblue!! I AM SO EXCITED!!

Anna @ Literary Exploration

JC Jones said...

The Taken sound really good. I just put it on my wish list.

Addicted2Heroines said...

Can't wait to read The Taken! Love the cover and synopsis. Awesome pick.

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Giselle San Miguel said...

Ahhh BitterBlue! I haven't read Graceling or Fire yet, but I definitely will have to if the third book is coming out!

Giselle @ booknerd.ca
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